In this week’s Taxation With Representation, government contractor Northrop Grumman agrees to pay $7.8 billion for Orbital ATK, Teva sells off the remainder of its women’s health assets for $1.4 billion, and an affiliate of private equity firm H.I.G. Capital buys Vantage Specialty Chemicals for approximately $1 billion.
A Pennsylvania federal judge Thursday picked Allentown, Pennsylvania, over Philadelphia as the place to hold the corruption trial of the mayor of Allentown and a Norris McLaughlin attorney, saying that the trial was a matter of public interest to the people of Allentown.
While conceding that ex-Penn State University President Graham Spanier had raised compelling arguments to undercut his recent conviction on child endangerment charges stemming from the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal, the trial judge who oversaw the closely watched criminal case urged an appeals court on Friday to uphold the verdict.
The Third Circuit on Thursday affirmed that a legal malpractice claim stemming from a divorce case has to be arbitrated, reasoning that a New Jersey rule barring an arbitration clause in an attorney-client agreement would be preempted by federal arbitration law.
The Third Circuit on Thursday said it would not hold a rehearing following its decision last month barring a group of Pennsylvania residents from moving forward with claims that they developed cancer after being exposed to emissions from a former Babcock & Wilcox Co. and Atlantic Richfield Co. nuclear facility.
A Johnson & Johnson unit is pushing a Pennsylvania state judge to throw out a $57.1 million pelvic mesh injury verdict it was slapped with earlier this month on grounds that the victim in the case had waited too long after learning about her injury to file suit.
A Third Circuit panel affirmed on Thursday a lower court's decision to end a liability suit brought by a high school football player’s family against a coach and a Pennsylvania school district after the player sustained a traumatic brain injury during practice, finding that the coach qualifies for immunity.
A Pennsylvania federal judge on Thursday dismissed every count in a sprawling proposed class action alleging that the University of Pennsylvania mismanaged its employees’ retirement plan, saying that the funds Penn offered, the fees it paid and the contracts by which it paid them were all on the level.
Pennsylvania’s fifth largest county on Thursday became the first one in the state to sue opioid manufacturers for damages stemming from their allegedly deceitful marketing of pain medications.
Audi of America Inc. on Wednesday slammed “scattershot” counterclaims filed against it after it sued to block a Pennsylvania auto dealer’s $23 million asset sale, saying the allegations must be thrown out pursuant to the Noerr-Pennington doctrine, which bars any claim based on conduct that occurs as part of litigation.
A Pennsylvania federal judge on Wednesday signed off on a $30 million settlement between payday lender DFC Global and a class of institutional investors who alleged that it violated securities laws by misrepresenting its financial health and quality of lending practices.
A Pennsylvania federal judge on Wednesday sided with a pharmaceutical CEO challenging a nearly $1 million tax penalty, ruling after a bench trial that while the executive may have been negligent when he failed to disclose a Swiss bank account, he didn’t willfully violate an IRS reporting requirement.
Greenlease Holding Co. reiterated its stance that a Pennsylvania federal judge used a flawed calculation to allocate environmental contamination cleanup costs for a former rail car plant in a case by Trinity Industries Inc., telling the Third Circuit on Tuesday that the lower court had misconstrued a Trinity expert’s recommended method.
The Third Circuit on Wednesday turned down requests by buyers of Wellbutrin XL to redo its August decision upholding a win for GlaxoSmithKline PLC in litigation accusing the company of delaying generic competition for the antidepressant.
A Pennsylvania-based contractor has agreed to pay $3.5 million to the U.S. government to resolve a New Jersey federal court action alleging that the business caused a 2012 fire at a Federal Aviation Administration facility in Atlantic City, authorities announced Tuesday.
A Philadelphia-based personal injury firm wants to establish a new and flawed standard for a lawyer's duty to predict defeat in a lawsuit, DLA Piper said in a Tuesday filing in Pennsylvania, while BakerHostetler argued that the firm's suit was targeting work largely done at DLA Piper.
The Third Circuit ruled Wednesday that Pennsylvania’s Lackawanna County didn’t willfully violate the Fair Labor Standards Act when it failed to pay overtime to workers who performed multiple part-time jobs, saying that testimony from county officials generally referencing its FLSA obligations wasn’t enough for the willfulness issue to make it before a jury.
Pfizer Inc. can't break into the market with its biosimilar version of Johnson & Johnson's blockbuster biologic Remicade, as J&J and its subsidiary Janssen Biotech Inc. have been holding on to a monopoly through a multifaceted anti-competitive campaign, Pfizer told a Pennsylvania federal court Wednesday.
Sunoco Inc. on Tuesday asked the Third Circuit to review its split decision refusing to let the energy giant force arbitration in a credit card customer’s proposed class action over an allegedly broken promise for rewards at gas stations, saying that the majority “misperceived” contract law and contravened relevant court precedents.
A Pennsylvania appeals court has agreed to temporarily halt Teva Pharmaceuticals USA Inc.'s lawsuit against erstwhile business partner Impax Laboratories Inc. over a settlement Teva inked related to antidepressant Budeprion while Impax appeals a decision rejecting its bid to disqualify Goodwin Procter LLP from working on the case, according to an order docketed Wednesday.
When venue is challenged, who bears the burden of proof in patent cases? It turns out the courts are sharply divided on this important issue, say attorneys with Mayer Brown LLP.
The Third Circuit in North Sound Capital v. Merck became the first federal appellate court to extend the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in California Public Employees’ Retirement System v. ANZ Securities, applying it to claims brought under the Exchange Act. However, the decision's significance remains unclear, say attorneys with Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP.
Payment collection delays have caused law firms to seek new options, one of which is litigation finance. In this context, litigation finance can offer alternative avenues to firms as they approach the end of a fiscal year or partnership distribution dates, says Travis Lenkner of Burford Capital LLC.
In Valley Forge v. Upper Merion, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court held two months ago that school districts' policies and practices related to filing reverse real estate tax assessment appeals violate the state's uniformity clause. Trial courts will now have to apply this decision to scores of districts' reverse appeals, say attorneys with Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin Schiller.
Imagine going to a restaurant and ordering your steak medium-rare. The steak arrives burned. You expect the kitchen to bring you another one properly done, right? And you don’t expect to pay for two steaks, do you? Paying a vendor for document review should be no different, says Lisa Prowse, an attorney and vice president at e-discovery firm BIA Inc.
Companies are allowed to collect the money they are owed, but they cannot break the law or cheat people in the process. Some of the biggest players in the debt collection industry are not focused on getting it right, says Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey.
Implicit bias has enjoyed a sustained focus of research and analysis in academia, and it is an increasingly popular topic of discussion among employment lawyers. However, whether implicit bias as a concept has any usefulness in employment discrimination litigation is not at all clear, says James McDonald Jr. of Fisher Phillips.
Is the rising spate of opioid litigation comparable to the litigation that led to the mega-billion dollar settlement with Big Tobacco? According to ex-trial lawyer Richard Scruggs, who helped engineer the $248 billion tobacco settlement in the 1990s, the answer is "sort of."
Although the Trump administration has completed the vetting and confirmation of a cabinet and White House staff, thousands of senior positions remain unfilled throughout the executive branch. More than ever, people selected for those posts find themselves under close scrutiny, say Adam Raviv and Reginald Brown of WilmerHale.
A Pennsylvania appeals court's decision in Century v. OneBeacon this month found that OneBeacon owed reinsurance coverage to two insurers for asbestos claims. This decision is the latest in a line of rulings that examines each contract based on its unique terms and rejects reinsurers' prior case law arguments, say attorneys with Hunton & Williams LLP.